3 John 1:12
New International Version
Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone--and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.

New Living Translation
Everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, as does the truth itself. We ourselves can say the same for him, and you know we speak the truth.

English Standard Version
Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

Berean Study Bible
Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.

Berean Literal Bible
Witness has been given to Demetrius by all, and by the truth itself; and we also bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.

King James Bible
Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.

New King James Version
Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.

New American Standard Bible
Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we testify too, and you know that our testimony is true.

NASB 1995
Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

NASB 1977
Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we also bear witness, and you know that our witness is true.

Amplified Bible
Demetrius has received a good testimony and commendation from everyone—and from the truth [the standard of God’s word] itself; and we add our testimony and speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.

Christian Standard Bible
I have many things to write you, but I don’t want to write to you with pen and ink.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Demetrius has a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. And we also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.

American Standard Version
Demetrius hath the witness of all men , and of the truth itself: yea, we also bear witness: and thou knowest that our witness is true.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Concerning Demetrius, he has a testimony from everyone and that of the assembly, as well as that of the truth, and we also testify, and you know that our testimony is true.

Contemporary English Version
Everyone speaks well of Demetrius, and so does the true message that he teaches. I also speak well of him, and you know what I say is true.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To Demetrius testimony is given by all, and by the truth itself, yea and we also give testimony: and thou knowest that our testimony is true.

English Revised Version
Demetrius hath the witness of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, we also bear witness; and thou knowest that our witness is true.

Good News Translation
Everyone speaks well of Demetrius; truth itself speaks well of him. And we add our testimony, and you know that what we say is true.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone, including the truth itself, says good things about Demetrius. We also say good things about him, and you know that what we say is true.

International Standard Version
Demetrius has received a good report from everyone, including the truth itself. We, too, can testify to this report, and you know that our testimony is true.

Literal Standard Version
testimony has been given to Demetrius by all, and by the truth itself, and we also—we testify, and you have known that our testimony is true.

NET Bible
Demetrius has been testified to by all, even by the truth itself. We also testify to him, and you know that our testimony is true.

New Heart English Bible
Demetrius has the testimony of all, and of the truth itself; yes, we also testify, and you know that our testimony is true.

Weymouth New Testament
The character of Demetrius has the approval of all men, and of the truth itself. We also express our approval of it, and you know that we only give our approval to that which is true.

World English Bible
Demetrius has the testimony of all, and of the truth itself; yes, we also testify, and you know that our testimony is true.

Young's Literal Translation
to Demetrius testimony hath been given by all, and by the truth itself, and we also -- we do testify, and ye have known that our testimony is true.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Diotrephes and Demetrius
11Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. 12Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true. 13I have many things to write to you, but I would prefer not to do so with pen and ink.…

Cross References
John 19:35
The one who saw it has testified to this, and his testimony is true. He knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.

John 21:24
This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who has written them down. And we know that his testimony is true.

Acts 6:3
Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men confirmed to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will appoint this responsibility to them

1 Timothy 3:7
Furthermore, he must have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the snare of the devil.


Treasury of Scripture

Demetrius has good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yes, and we also bear record; and you know that our record is true.

good.

Acts 10:22
And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

Acts 22:12
And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,

1 Thessalonians 4:12
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

and we.

John 19:35
And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

John 21:24
This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.









Ver. 12. - Respecting Demetrius we know no more than is told us here. All that we can safely infer from what is stated is that he is a person of whom Gaius has not hitherto known much; otherwise this elaborate commendation would scarcely be necessary. Conjectures about him are

(1) that he was the bearer of this Epistle to Gaius, - which is not improbable;

(2) that he was a member of the same Church as Diotrephes, and had done good service in opposing him, - which is possible;

(3) that he is the silversmith of Artemis (Acts 19:24), now "preaching the faith of which he once made havoc," - which is not probable. The name was a common one. It is not easy to determine the meaning of the statement that Demetrius hath the witness of all men, and of the truth itself. Perhaps it means that those who bore testimony to Demetrius were something more than a large body of unanimous human witnesses, strong as such testimony would be; in giving their witness they were guided by "the Spirit of truth." Or it may mean that the facts speak of themselves: as soon as Gaius knows Demetrius he will see that the universal commendation of him is amply justified. The true reading in what follows is, "and thou knowest that our witness is true" (comp. John 19:35; John 21:24). The calm confidence with which the writer asserts his authority, both over Diotrephes and also as a witness, confirms us in the belief that "the elder" is no less than the apostle.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Demetrius
Δημητρίῳ (Dēmētriō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1216: Demetrius, a silversmith of Ephesus. From Demeter; Demetrius, the name of an Ephesian and of a Christian.

has received a good testimony
μεμαρτύρηται (memartyrētai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3140: To witness, bear witness, give evidence, testify, give a good report. From martus; to be a witness, i.e. Testify.

from
ὑπὸ (hypo)
Preposition
Strong's 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

everyone,
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

from
ὑπὸ (hypo)
Preposition
Strong's 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

truth
ἀληθείας (alētheias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 225: From alethes; truth.

itself.
αὐτῆς (autēs)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

We
ἡμεῖς (hēmeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

also
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

testify [for him],
μαρτυροῦμεν (martyroumen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 3140: To witness, bear witness, give evidence, testify, give a good report. From martus; to be a witness, i.e. Testify.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

you know
οἶδας (oidas)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

testimony
μαρτυρία (martyria)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3141: Witness, evidence, testimony, reputation. From martus; evidence given.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

true.
ἀληθής (alēthēs)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 227: Unconcealed, true, true in fact, worthy of credit, truthful. TRUE.


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